Loss of fishing vessel and death of fisherman directly attributed to drug abuse

The UK MAIB has published its report into the loss of the wooden fishing vessel Diamond off the Shetland Islands. The skipper and crewman were recovered about 40 minutes later but only the skipper survived.


Whilst the investigation has found that Diamond most likely hit a rocky outcrop outside of the main navigation channel at speed and sank rapidly, the overriding factor in this tragedy was that both the skipper and the crewman were impaired by illegal and controlled drugs to such a degree that their ability to function was significantly impaired. Lack of qualifications, poor training, failure to wear a flotation aid are all contributory factors but none more than the skipper being ‘unfit to drive a vehicle of any description' and of the untrained, deceased crewman ‘being a habitual user (which) would have had a detrimental effect on his cognitive and motor functions.'

A wasted bloody life.

For those on board Watkins' managed boats, please ensure that all crewmembers are given an opportunity to read this and confirm so in your next HESS meeting minutes. I can be contacted at any time if anyone has any questions. We would welcome any feedback of course, and would be pleased to circulate any comments.